Lions' donkey basketball fundraiser scores big

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Tribune News Staff

The Marked Tree Lions Club's donkey basketball game fundraiser held Saturday, Oct. 27 was a great success. Two teams competed on the court at the Marked Tree School gymnasium and ended the game with a score of 2-0.

The winning team was coached by Pam Wright and played by Mike Dabney, Mike Scott, Eddie Mitchell, Petie Ivy, Colton Seales, Shane Smith and Michael Scott defeated the team coached by Dixon Chandler. Chandler's team players were James Williams, Tommy McCrary, Brad Daniels, Luke Lovins, Matt Wright, Kevin Saddler and Trey Pitts.

The Dollar Race was played by Darlene Nicks, Lisa Cavitt, Annesa Thompson and Lou Ann Blagg who won the event. The game of Musical Donkeys was a crowd pleaser as Patty Lee, Lisa Cavitt, Annesa Thompson, Darlene Nicks and Lou Ann Blagg raced to mount the donkeys ahead of their competitors. Nicks was crowned as runner up and Blagg was crowned as "Miss Jackass" for her donkey leaping skills.

"It was so funny when Lisa and Darlene tried to mount the same donkey from opposite sides," Lion Club president, Mike Scott said. "Their legs crossed right in the middle. It was a lot of fun and after all of the expenses were covered I believe we made about $800."

According to Scott, the gymnasium had a huge crowd of all ages out for the game.

"My grandson was still laughing when we got home," Scott said. "I don't think there was a single person to walk away disappointed. It was a lot of fun."

The real stars of the event were the donkeys who were trained professionals complete with tennis shoes.

"I think we should have this as an annual event," Mike Dabney said. "It was a lot of fun and it really brought the community together. Even if we hadn't made anything from it, it was great entertainment for the whole family."

Organizers of the event would like to thank the Marked Tree Schools for the use of the gym for the event as well as Houston Jones for the donation of hay.

"We want to express our appreciation to all the riders who volunteered," Scott said. "Most of all, thanks to the people who came out to enjoy the event."

The Lions Club plans to show the video of the event at a future meeting.

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